ISG has been awarded a £29m two-stage, design and build project to deliver a new, highly-sustainable commercial office development in the City of London for Baldwin House Ltd – a wholly owned subsidiary of McKay Securities PLC. The scheme involves the demolition of an existing building in the heart of the capital’s banking district, and the delivery of 58,000 sq ft (NIA) of high-specification Cat A office accommodation.
The logistically and technically complex project sees ISG systematically demolish the existing eight-storey office building on Lombard Street. The perimeter basement walls will be supported as ISG carries out piling work ahead of the construction of the new 12-storey steel frame structure – which comprises two basement levels and 10 above ground floors.
The new building significantly expands the available volume of lettable office space through the addition of two upper storeys and the extension of the footprint of the former building onto Lombard Street. The column free office accommodation has been carefully designed to maximise the potential of the enlarged floorplates and provide the greatest flexibility for tenants.
The building will feature a spacious double-height atrium, with a light well extending to the sixth floor, housing a specially-commissioned original artwork. The contemporary and high-quality design of the building incorporates curtain walling and stone cladding elements to its façade and at floors seven and nine, the building steps back creating attractive terraced areas. The offices will be completed to BREEAM Excellent environmental standards, through the use of high-performance building materials and the installation of efficient mechanical and electrical services.
Stuart Deverill, ISG’s Southern Regional Managing Director, commented: “Our early stage involvement, through the two-stage procurement process, has proved instrumental in identifying programme efficiencies, as well as establishing and resolving key buildability issues. This approach is ideally suited to challenging projects where our wealth of experience and ability to rigorously interrogate the design brief facilitates innovation, paving the way for successful delivery.”